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Zimbabwe Military Police

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Zimbabwe Military Police

The Zimbabwe Military Police (ZMP) is the intelligence division of the Zimbabwe National Army whose duties include discipline, the prevention and detection of crime and the punishment of offenders. The ZMP is the successor to the Rhodesian Corps of Military Police which was established on 01 January 1964 as the Southern Rhodesia Corps of Military Police. The Corps was renamed in 1967 and adopted its current name following Zimbabwe’s independence in April 1980.

The wearing of Staff Corps dress and embellishments was changed in November 1967 in favour of the distinctive red colours and badge for which the ZMP, and its predecessor, became immediately recognisable.

The ZMP wear "Cherry Red" berets and thus it is not surprising that the ZMP flag has a red field in the centre of which is the ZMP badge. The badge comprises a yellow Zimbabwe Bird above the letters MP ZIMBABWE, which is surrounded by a wreath. On a scroll beneath is the motto EXEMPLO DUCEMUS - "By example we lead" in Latin. The motto is the same as that previously used by the Rhodesian Corps of Military Police and it is also used by the Corps of Royal Military Police in the United Kingdom. All the elements of the badge are in gold within a lozenge with a blue background.
Bruce Berry, 19 Jan 2014